Just wanted to clarify a few things from the broadcast that I saw were questions here:
(1) It's is 20.2 megapixels and always has been since I first heard of the camera. That was just a total brain-freeze on my part. I don't have a 24-megapixel version. That was just me misstating one of the specs.
(2) The reason I didn't shoot in Raw was because I don't have any program that is updated to support the unreleased camera. No support yet for Lightroom or Camera Raw, so I had to shoot JPEGs. That being said, I shoot JPEGs for sports either way, but I would have shot some just for example purposes.
(3) I am not sponsored by Canon. I hope to be one day, but at this point, I am not so I bought my Canon gear by selling my Nikon gear -- it was not given to me by Canon. I did get some loaner gear to try out. Nikon let me use loaner gear from time to time, too. So did Sony. Now, if I could just get Hassleblad… ;-)
High five to Forum member Sabaki. I'm with ya.
All my best,
Thanks for chiming in, Scott. To paraphrase the comedians, this forum can be a "tough crowd." I found your video and the two books of yours I own to be quite helpful and encourage you to keep at it. It seems that photographers in general and Canonites in particular (?) are eager to know as much as possible as soon as possible in the hopes that the latest technology will improve their art/work/hobby in some meaningful way. A lot of interested folks here read the Photokina press release on the 7D2 and have watched or read a few pre-release reviews such as your video. But until production cameras are released and lots of RAW images shot at a variety of ISO's are available for scrutiny, the purists here on CR will likely remain skeptical--if not downright hostile.
Personally, I see this camera as a perfect compliment to the 5D3. In addition to the ergonomics and many of its features being identical (no need to relearn or adapt when rapidly grabbing one body or the other), it offers near 1DX fps along with crop-sensor reach. And let's not downplay the price: $1799 is a surprisingly great price for this body!
My wife--who thinks you see one camera you've seen 'em all--reacted negatively when I proposed pre-ordering a 7D2 to use in concert with my 5D3. I knew I had one shot to explain why my beloved 5D needs a mate, so I offered her this simple explanation: "Honey, they're two different animals. The 5D is for subjects close and/or slow, the 7D far and/or fast."
To which she replied, "Huh, I guess that makes sense."